Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Écija
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, the capital of a district in the eastern province of Seville in Spain with 25,000 inhabitants, is picturesquely situated on the left bank of the lower course of the Genil, which is navigable below it, in a torrid valley, — whence it is called el Sarten de España “the bakehouse of Spain”; its streets are narrow and its church towers (formerly minarets) covered with azulejos. It is the ancient Iberian Astigi of which the Arabs made Istid̲j̲a, Estid̲j̲a (rarely Essid̲j̲a in this period) whence is derived the Spanish Écija (st > c, z, as in Basti, Basṭa, Baza; Caesaraugusta, …

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Seybold, C. F., “Écija”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_2187>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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